The Richat Structure or “The Eye of the Sahara” is a mysterious geological formation in Mauritania. Scientists used to think it was the site of a meteor impact or volcanic eruption. Now, the leading theory is that a symmetrical dome of sedimentary rock was eroded away, revealing nested layers.
Top Image: A false color image of the structure from the Landsat 7 sensor, using the infrared and green channels. Credit: NASA/USGS.
GIF: The Richat Structure can be seen from space - a tiny bullseye in the middle of the desert.
Middle image: An exaggerated topographical map of the structure. Brown=bedrock, pale yellow = sand, green = vegetation, blue = salty sediments=blue. Credit: NASA/JPL/NIMA
Bottom image: A true color photo of the eye. Credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/Japan Space Systems,and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
Let me remind you, that the world’s biggest and most influential animation studios rather spend their time and money on creating movies about animals and robots than people of color. The only disney movies set in Africa is about animals and a white male who grew up with animals. I love Lion King etc, but it is something to think about, especially since Africans are dehumanized very often that even when 700 people drown or when an epidemic strikes, people think it is “normal to Africans”.
WRITER Christopher Kirkley PHOTOGRAPHER Bechir Malum
In the crowded streets of Nouakchott, the country’s only record store is a haven for music and musicians
Walking along the crowded, sun bleached street through the centre of Mauritania’s capital, one could easily miss the tiny record store of Ahmed Vall. Nestled between a camera shop and a restaurant, a pair of double metal doors lead into the cavernous interior. It takes a moment to adjust to the change in the light.
The shop is crammed full of records, lining the walls from floor to ceiling. Dusty stacks are piled on the floors. From ancient Senegalese salsa bands from Dakar to ephemeral Malian kora instrumentals and fuzzy electrified Nigerian rock, it is a collector’s dream. In the centre of the store are some large plush chairs where Ahmed Vall tends to a bubbling teapot. This is the Saphire D’Or, the first and last vinyl record store in Mauritania.